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By Andy Jackson

With the most recent Microsoft operation system, Windows 8 being released back in October of 2012, companies are starting to look at implementing Windows 8 into their environments. This is because of Windows XP going end of life and new computers are currently being shipped with Windows 8 pre-installed.

  1. The Start Menu is now Tiles instead of the previously basic Start button on the task bar. To get to the Start Menu, either press your Windows Key or move the mouse to the bottom left where the Start Menu button used to be, and you will see the Start Menu show up:
    1. These tiles have many different features to them. Some tiles can be resized, moved and some are even Live Tiles
    2. You can also uninstall applications from this menu by right clicking on them and choosing Uninstall

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  2. From the Start Metro UI, if you are looking for an application that is not on the Start Menu, you can just start typing and the applications will start to appear under the Results for area:
    1. Once you start typing, you will start seeing the applications appear. You can also change the search to the Settings option, and this will show Settings Applications that start with the word you are typing
    2. You can also search for files the same way, by starting to type the file name and then choosing Files under the search field
    3. If you press Windows + Q, this will open the Search Charm and you search your applications, settings and files from that location as well

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  3. When you boot to a freshly installed Windows 8 machine, you will not see the Computer icon on the Desktop. This can be troublesome if you are looking to manage the PC or enter the Control Panel from the Computer Icon. Instead you can press Windows Key + X to open the menu for Administrative Tasks:Some other helpful shortcut keys are:
    1. Windows Key + I: Opens up your Settings Menu for the application you are currently running
    2. Windows Key + T: Sends you back to Desktop Mode and cycles through your open windows on the taskbar
    3. Windows Key + M: Sends you back to the Desktop and minimizes all applications
    4. Windows Key + PRNT SCRN: Takes a print screen of your desktop and automatically creates a .PNG file in your Pictures folder

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  4. Possible my favorite feature in the new Windows 8 is being able to mount ISOs right to Computer. You no longer need to install a virtual CD-ROM and mount ISOs if you have no physical CD-ROM
    1. Right click the ISO and choose Open with à Windows Explorer
    2. You can now open Computer and see the ISO mounted
    3. To un-mount the ISO, right click the CD-ROM in Computer and choose Eject

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  5. The new task manager has many additions to the previous versions of it. It now includes the total percentage usage for your Processes, Memory and CPU. It now will show Performance graphs, a Startup tab to see what is being launched at Startup and their impact on startup. It also shows the App history which gives you’re the total resources an app has used over a period of time. There are many different ways to open the Task Manager:
    1. Press Ctrl + Shift + ESC
    2. Press Alt + Ctrl + Delete and choose Task Manager
    3. Right Click the Task Bar and choose Task Manager

    Windows 8 tips

    Windows 8 tips

    Windows 8 tips

    Windows 8 tips